Saturday, April 18, 2015

Historical Fantasy Novelettes

The Legend of Lord Randall Castle series begins as a tale told by parents to their children at bedtime.  Beth Durkee's books tell an engaging story of druids, magic, faeries, and hobgoblins--as well as humans.  Anyone who enjoys the historical fantasy genre will enjoy the plot twists and surprises in these short novels.

I received free copies of Engaging Enchantment and Spellbound Souvenir for my review.  As a librarian and parent, I can recommend these stories for preteen readers and up.  They can also be read aloud to younger children, just as the stories were told as bedtime stories in the books.

Read Aloud to Your Children!

Everydad by Chin Ko is a book your child will want you to read again and again.  Chin's illustrations are delightful pictures of a real family living everyday life.  Each 2-page spread is a picture and a poem about things like playing together, trick-or-treating, and other things kids and parents do every day.

Everydad would make a great gift for a baby shower of for a young child's birthday.  Preschools and Sunday School classrooms may want to add this to their collections as well.

I received a free digital copy for my review.  As a parent of 6 and grandparent of 3, I heartily recommend Everydad by Chin Ko. Check out the website to order a copy.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Subversive Living: Take Back "Cool" From the Hipster Frauds

Subversive Living: Take Back "Cool" From the Hipster Frauds: What does almost all the insanity in the United States have in common?  The pursuit of a twisted, distorted version of "coolness"...

Clever Tale of a Dog and His Art

This delightful story has talking dogs, yet is intelligent rather than silly.  Piccolo Fortunato is an Italian greyhound--and an artist.  After Piccolo's father goes to America to seek fame and fortune and does not return, Piccolo follows to look for him.  He meets a famous human artist on the voyage to America and becomes his intern.

Will Piccolo find his father? Will he ever return to his sweet mother in Italy?  Can the famous American artist be trusted?  These questions and more will be answered in a well-written story for lovers of art and/or dogs.

I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.  It is available on Kindle and makes an enjoyable read.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mothers are a Tough Bunch

L.J. Charleston has provided a dictionary/encyclopedia for understanding the great variety of mothers that exist today.  I am a mother of 6 and grandmother of 3 who has worked with many types of mothers in dance, sports, church nursery, Sunday School, and home school groups.  Having dealt with parents as a teacher and as a peer, I can say this guide is spot on!  Are you part of The Mommy Mafia?

Meet ER Mom, Dictator Mom, Drop-Off Mom (the one the rest of us hate for defying rules of carpool decency) and Olympic Mom, along with many others.  This is a fun book to read, as you will find yourself attaching names and faces to each of these mothers.  I know I did.  My own name goes in front of a few of the titles, to be honest.

Enjoy a lighthearted look at mothering.  Perhaps even notice some areas where you have gone a bit overboard and need to back up.

Check out the official book website and take part of your busy days to read.

Apologetics and Science

Although this book is written by an actual rocket scientist, it is accessible to the reader without a Ph.D. Dr.  Leslie Wickman shares her love of science and the stars with her readers.  She also explains why she sees no incompatibility between her faith in God and her scientific investigation of the universe.

Having some engineering training myself, I also never had problems reconciling faith and science.  Like Wickman, I believe something called "truth" exists and we can learn it.  We also believe all truth is God's truth, so seeking the truth will never lead us away from God--only reveal more of God to us.

If you lack the confidence of people like Dr. Wickman and myself, read this book.  She lays out the arguments for the existence of God and for a beginning and a Creator in ways understandable without a seminary degree.  At the same time, the information is not simplistic/watered down.  Dr. Wickman is a naturally gifted teacher and leads you through the arguments with patience and skill.

I received a free digital review copy of God of the Big Bang from Worthy Publishing.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Poignant Love Story from Italy

Lorenzo is a man who loves his wife deeply.  They share a commitment to one another and to their two daughters that is beautiful to behold, particularly in an age when so many are casual and careless about relationships.  The author describes Lorenzo's and Francesca's meeting, courtship, marriage--and the tragedy that crushes their family.  The trip back home will not be easy, but you will be glad you shared it with Lorenzo.

This author is a creative storyteller and I look forward to seeing more from Flavio Girardelli.  The Long Return Home is available on Kindle in English, Italian, and Spanish.

I received a free review copy of The Long Return Home from the author for my honest assessment.